'Rescue Me' Boosted Tatum O'Neal's Career
'Rescue Me' Boosted Tatum O'Neal's Career
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Best known for her film work as a child actress in the 1970s, Tatum O'Neal remains to be the youngest actor in history to win an Oscar at the age of 10.  Following her big break, however, her acting career hasn't always caught success as offers became more seldom, along with her minor television appearances and mediocre movie projects.

At present, Tatum O'Neal's career has taken a positive turn with her inclusion on the series Rescue Me, which revitalized her roller coaster career, according to the 43-year-old actress.

"It's a tough business,” O'Neal said.  "If you're sensitive and talented, it's harder to put yourself out there for success and rejection…hard not to feel injured…and if you've been around a long time, people think they know you.  They think they know me from Paper Moon, from having been married to John McEnroe, from A Paper Life [the 2004 memoir that exposed her troubled life].  The fact is, they don't really know me at all.  It's a matter of perception.  I tell my agent, 'Let them see me, and I'll change their perception.'"

O'Neal, who currently plays Maggie Gavin, the unbalanced and lively sister of Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary), has revealed that Rescue Me helped her career.  Offers have poured in ever since she landed a role on the comedy-drama.

"[I became serious about acting again] when I was around 40 and started to realize that I was the one who had to take care of me.  But I met Hollywood reluctance," she said.

Since she was cast on Rescue Me, she has acquired a part in the 2006 movie My Brother and has earned one of the principle roles on the drama series Wicked Wicked Games as Blythe Hunter.

Just last week, O'Neal went to Los Angeles for a round of meetings with Hollywood execs, aiming to fill out summer months while Rescue Me is on hiatus.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: National Ledger
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